Melting diamonds on Venus
Name: Jessica A Byrne
Would diamonds melt on Venus?
Diamonds melt at very large temperatures since they are so strong. This
would mean that the surface of Venus would have to be hot enough to melt the
surface rock since most rock melts at lower temperatures than diamond. I do
not believe the surface of Venus is molten, so it would seem that diamond
would not melt on Venus. Have you looked up the temperatures of the surface
of Venus and the melting point of diamonds.
Samuel P Bowen
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